Breaking a 12-year jinx-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE University of San Carlos (USC) cut short the finals series of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. secondary boys volleyball tournament after dethroning the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) in straight sets, 25-22, 25-15, in the Game 2 of their best of three finals series yesterday at the Aznar Coliseum.
USC, whose best finish before this was third-runner up in the past 12 years, finally tasted their first title behind the efforts of Gywn Dharrel Guy, Jay Tada-Tada, Lance Dominic Abear, Mark Joseph Bucayan, Uriel Pineda, Ray Carlos Del Mar, Hastley Kim Baustro, Troy Aribal, Lucky Joshua Red, Christian Darcy Fat, Gabriel Pineda, Mikael
Aguilar, Catayoc Alarich and John Joseph Repunte.
Abear was virtually non-existent the whole game until he scored that winning shot that gave USC the victory.
Abear’s attack was too strong that USJ-R could failed to control it.
While Abear scored the all-important point, it was Guy who carried the team the entire game scoring most points including six service aces in the curicial stretch of the
second set that put the erstwhile rampaging Jaguars to a standstill.
In the game, USJ-R actually struck first scoring the first three points before USC could hitting its first point.
Led by Canciano Llenos, USJ-R hampered any opportunity from USC to score.
However, USC, the Milo Little Olympics champions, only needed a little time to warm up.
Sensing USJ-R’s weakness at midcourt, USC started playing smart ad dropped shots in unmanned spots to slowly recover and forged nine deadlocks before USC finally pulled through behind another drop shot from Guy that put USC up ahead, 22-21.
But USJ-R fought back with Llenos’ attack, but a top spin from Guy and a powerblock from Bucayan sealed the first set for USC.
Llenos once more led USJ-R in the second set, scoring all of the team’s first six points to lead, 6-1.
However, the USJ-R strong defense started crumble after Guy scored six service aces, which fired up USC. Guy lead a 20-5 run for USC to build up an insurmountable, 21-11 lead.
“I am happy with what the team has achieved ,this is our first title since Cesafi started . We always settle for third, finally we won it ,” said USC head coach Jonrey Sasing.
This is the second title that the team has won this year. They recently won the Milo Little Olympics title and will be playing in the national finals this month.
The team is manned by Sasing and assistant coach Mechelle Matuguina.
In the battle for third, USPF won the title after defeating Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC), 25-17,25-14.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.